So when I looked at the page on the left in the WYSIWYG digital proofer, it looked great to me. I thought the white space looked tasteful. And the type — well, I could zoom in real good on that!
SPOILER ALERT: Real life does not have a “zoom” feature. Your book printed like this will look like a facsimile of a page from an “Edisonian” adventure from 1908.
Anyway, although the page on the right doesn’t have a header on it yet, you can see how much better it looks with (a) more text area on the page, for Chrissake;and (2) the use of a more readable font. I was trying to go for a font that was like the pulpy ’50s paperbacks I love, but … no, they moved away from that font years ago for a reason. FINE.
I’m currently in the process of adding and formatting the page headers, then reflowing the whole thing to see if it looks good on the computer, but, as the brilliant Cuscutis so pithily told me, “WYSIWYG isn’t.” I will be ordering another physical proof this time, obviously.
Whaddya think? Should I have stayed with the squinty page on the left, or caved in to the “readability patrol” with the version on the right?